A Global Army of Veteran Rockers
I don't know of a band that has spawned more songs that "ape" their sound more than the Beatles. There are the obvious candidates – Badfinger/The Beatnix - but certainly many other bands have created music sonically similar to the Beatles. For example, this song from Ocean Colour Scene...this song could have been a Magical Mystery Tour era song:
So, how many "Beatle" covers are out there?
Another band that does an incredible Beatles simulation is East of Eden--the ending of this song is pretty much ripped from "I Am the Walrus." Nonetheless, "Your Biggest Fan" is a great song in its own right--if not just a little creepy, too. I could not find a way to embed this, so head here, and listen to the non-acoustic mix of this song:
i think XTC occasionally brushes up against the fab 4, but even if robyn hitchcock didn't reference the beatles in the title, this song really captures the feel of beatle cover to me
Some took an occasional stab at the Beatles sound and some made a career of it. Cue Todd Rundgren's Utopia: